REVIEWS OF CHARPENTIER'S LE JUGEMENT DE PAN AND ACTÉON

Read John von Rhein's review in the Chicago Tribune here.
March 8, 2014

Read Andrew Patner's review in the Chicago Sun-Times here.
March 9, 2014

Read Elliot Mandel's review in Chicago Classical Review here.
March 8, 2014

PREVIEWS OF CHARPENTIER'S LE JUGEMENT DE PAN AND ACTÉON

Read John von Rhein's preview in the Chicago Tribune here.
March 4, 2014

Listen to Andrew Patner's preview on Critic's Choice, 98.7 WFMT here.
March 5, 2014

Read Deanna Isaac's preview in the Chicago Reader here.
March 7, 2014

REVIEWS OF TELEMANN'S PIMPINONE

Read John von Rhein's review in the Chicago Tribune here.
October 27, 2013

Read Andrew Patner's review in the Chicago Sun-Times here.
October 27, 2013

Read Dennis Polkow's review in Chicago Classical Review here.
October 27, 2013

REVIEWS DIDO AND AENEAS, FEBRUARY, 2013

Read John von Rhein's review in the Chicago Tribune here.
February 17, 2013

Read Andrew Patner's review in the Chicago Sun-Times here.
February 17, 2013

Read Lawrence Johnson's review in Chicago Classical Review here.
February 17, 2013

HAYMARKET CARVES OUT AUTHENTIC NICHE IN BAROQUE CHAMBER OPERA

Read John von Rhein's preview of Dido and Aeneas in the Chicago Tribune here.
February 12, 2013

Chicago Sun Times praised the rise of Haymarket Opera Company.
Read Andrew Patner's article here.
February 7, 2013

Read Mia Clarke's preview of Dido and Aeneas in Time Out Chicago here.
February 14, 2013

REVIEW OF HANDEL'S CLORI, TIRSI E FILENO

Read John von Rhein's review in the Chicago Tribune here.
September 2, 2012

Read Andrew Patner's review in the Chicago Sun Times here.
September 1, 2012

REVIEWS OF CHARPENTIER'S LA DESCENTE D'ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS

Read John von Rhein's review in the Chicago Tribune here.
February 25, 2012

Read Zachary Woolfe's review in The New York Times here.
February 26, 2012

REVIEW OF HAYMARKET OPERA COMPANY'S PREMIERE

Chicago Tribune acclaimed the Haymarket Opera Comapny's premiere as "strong" and "stylish."
Read feature by John von Rhein here.
September 11, 2011

The Haymarket Opera Company is featured on this week's Critic's Choice from WFMT.
Listen to Andrew Patner's broadcast here.
September 21, 2011

Chicago Classical Review gave a glowing review for the Haymarket Opera Company's Friday premiere. 
Read feature by Wynne Delacoma here.
September 10, 2011

RECESSION BE DAMNED! NEW OPERA COMPANY OPENS IN CHICAGO

Chicago Business - Powered by Crain's commended the start of the Haymarket Opera Company in the middle of a recession. 
Read feature by Shia Kapos here.
September 9, 2011

HAYMARKET OPERA COMPANY DEBUTS WITH HANDEL THIS WEEKEND

Chicago Classical Review anticipated the premiere of the Haymarket Opera Company. 
Read feature by Lawrence A. Johnson here.
September 7, 2011

HAYMARKET OPERA TO ADDRESS NEED FOR A 'PERIOD' OPERA COMPANY IN CHICAGO

Chicago Tribune heralded the formation of the Haymarket Opera Company. 
Read feature by John Von Rhein here.
August 16, 2011

HAYMARKET OPERA COMPANY LAUNCHES IN ROGERS PARK

Chicago's newest opera company looks far back to opera's earliest days with a detective's eye for historical detail.
By Doyle Armbrust - Time Out Chicago Magazine

July 27, 2011

Craig Trompeter is to baroque cello and gamba as Hot Doug’s Doug Sohn is to encased meats. The early-music specialist is about to significantly elevate the city’s operatic street cred with the imminent launch of the Haymarket Opera Company, named after the 1886 riot in Chicago’s Haymarket Square, as well as Handel’s primary opera venue in London.

Chicago already boasts one of the nation’s finest purveyors of Puccini, Wagner, etc., the Lyric Opera, as well as the more progressive-leaning Chicago Opera Theater. But we have lacked a champion of 17th- and 18th-century period-instrument opera. Until now. On September 9 and 10, Mayne Stage will host its first fully staged opera, Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo.

“With a few exceptions, the U.S. does not offer baroque and classical operas staged in a historically informed way,” Trompeter says. He explained his dream of founding an opera company on a bacon date with friend and singer Angela Young Smucker, who stars in Aci. “She agreed to hear me out as long as copious amounts of bacon were served with coffee and sweet rolls. There are companies that use period instruments for baroque opera, but few do classical works with period instruments.” One of the primary differences that sets classical opera apart is a conservative use of vibrato by vocalists and instrumentalists. The string players of the orchestra perform primarily on instruments made during the baroque and classical eras, on strings made of animal gut, with convex bows as opposed to modern, concave bows. The music of this era has a timbral warmth and luster of articulation when performed on period instruments.

Haymarket follows historical detail down to the costumes and dance numbers. But wigs aside, this is no prim endeavor. In Trompeter’s mind, Haymarket is more Sherlock Holmes than Little Lord Fauntleroy: “Early musicians tend to be detectives, finding pieces the public is less familiar with. It’s only been in the last 40 years that people have known any of Handel’s operas.”

Trompeter and concertmaster Jeri-Lou Zike hope to tap into the Mayne Stage’s (relatively) younger demographic. Though perhaps a more reasonable expectation is a hungry, local early-music fanbase established by the pair’s other appearances with local ensembles Baroque Band, the Callipygian Players and the Newberry Consort. “We would like Mayne Stage to be our home for good,” Zike tells us.Two operas are planned for each of the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

The company is already furiously stitching away at costumes and putting the finishing touches on a set for the upcoming Handel opera specifically tailored to Mayne Stage’s diminutive size. Trompeter says the venue fits the three-singer cast and chamber orchestra, and is not dissimilar to early opera productions: “In the 17th century, stage sets tended to be simple by our modern standards, with back drops and side flats,” the Lincoln Park resident says.

As for starting an arts org in the midst of a national financial crisis, the ensemble has been fortunate to receive donations from family and friends, but most poignantly, from fellow musicians who share the desire for this brand of opera in Chicago. Even with an unsteady financial climate, one thing is certain: With the talent Trompeter and Zike surround themselves with, the Haymarket Opera Company will be an intriguing addition to the scene.

HAYMARKET OPERA COMPANY "ACI, GALATEA E POLIFEMO": HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Chicago Classical Music recapituates the "brilliance" and "impressiveness" of the Haymarket Opera Company's premiere production.
Read feature by Kathryn J Allwine Bacasmot here.
September 10, 2011

TROMPETER RECEIVES ACCOLADE

Craig Trompeter was in the 2013 Power List of Chicago Magazine's 'C Notes'.
Read Graham Meyer's article in the Chicago Magazine here.
February 21, 2013